Idichakkai Thoran / Raw Jackfruit Sabzi

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Idichakkai Thoran or Raw Jackfruit Sabzi For our Tamil New Year, Vishu, we have a feast at home called saddya which means serving food on a banana leaf. The variety is enormous & once you are done eating, you are guaranteed to head for that long siesta. Since Jackfruit is in season during summers, we make a thoran or vegetable from the raw ones that is loaded with coconut & just too good to go along with a rasam (spiced tamarind based soup) & steamed rice with ghee / clarified butter. Jackfruit is considered fruits of the future, a vegan, gluten free protein alternative to meat. It improves insulin sensitivity which is associated with sustainable weight loss and regulation of blood sugars. Jackfruit is low in fat & rich in fibre which helps reduce cholesterol level.
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Served AsLunch
Servings 4


  • Raw Jackfruit / Phanas / Kathal – 1 no. medium sized
  • Grated coconut – 1 no.
  • Green chillies – 2-5 nos. depends on your spice quotient
  • Curry Leaves – 1 sprig
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Dry Red chillies – 1-2 nos.
  • Coconut oil - 1.5 tblsp
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  • Salt
  • Water for cooking the jackfruit as required


  • Cleaning & Chopping the Jackfruit – Usually all the vendors peel the outer skin & wrap the same in a plastic or brown paper bag & sell. In case they don’t, you can follow Step 2 & 3, else directly start with step 4.
  • Wash the jackfruit.
  • Smear oil on your hands & with the help of sharp knife slice the jackfruit (just like you do for a pineapple). You will see the white sticky gum flowing out. Just gently dab a cloth or kitchen towel & immediately apply oil all over the jackfruit
  • Cut the jackfruit into medium sized chunks. Don’t discard the seeds that are tender. Once the jackfruit is cooked, the seeds will just melt in your mouth.
  • Add a glass of water, spread some salt & turmeric powder & pressure cook well for about 5-6 whistles (depends upon each cooker).
  • In a mixer, grind coconut & green chillies & keep aside.
  • Once cooled, drain excess water, mash the jackfruit nicely with a fork or a masher. Don't mash too much. It should resemble like shredded pieces.
  • In a kadhai or a non-stick pan, add coconut oil, once hot, add mustard seeds & let it crackle.
  • Add dry red chillies, curry leaves & add the mashed jackfruit into the kadhai, add salt if required, stir well. Add the grated coconut mixture in to this stir fry, mix well & switch off the gas.
  • Serve hot with Rasam Rice or Sambar Rice & some fried popadoms


While buying jackfruit / phanas / kathal, ensure the same is tender & not hard. If it is hard, the vegetable will be difficult to digest.

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Hi Everyone, I am Vidya Narayan & Welcome to my blog MasalaChilli. Born in a Traditional Palakkad Iyer (South Indian) Family with strong value systems to an exceptionally strong and independent Single Mom, spent most of my childhood studying well (as most Iyer girls do).

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